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Children at Risk’s annual ranking of Texas schools is out

Texas officials say they’re reassigning workers to deal with an ongoing problem of providing care for foster kids without placement.

The 2022-2023 school ratings report from Houston-based nonprofit Children at Risk sheds light on progress and problems that districts are facing statewide.

Former Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, who also had a short stint in Houston, will soon take on a new position overseeing Austin’s police department.

And a giraffe in a park in Juárez, who made headlines last year, is getting a new home.

Exploring the Lone Star State with the evolving Texas Almanac

Charges have been dismissed against 17 Austin police officers accused of assault during racial justice protests of 2020. Andrew Weber of KUT has more.

A prison assault and what records suggest about a lack of transparency over security and safety in Texas lockups.

First published in 1857, the Texas Almanac has evolved and changed hands several times. We’ll hear about the 72nd edition of the journal from its managing editor, Rosie Hatch.

Worried about the power grid holding this winter? Why Houston Chronicle columnist Chris Tomlinson says, he, for one, isn’t.

And a tradition for football fans of the Cowboys, hundreds of miles from Big D.

KUT Morning Newscast for September 22, 2023

Central Texas top stories for September 22, 2023. Austin Police Oversight. Austin ISD Special Education. Emergency Preparedness Event. Texas Memorial Museum Reopening. San Marcos Mermaid Fest.  

KUT Morning Newscast for August 21 2023

Central Texas top stories for August 21 2023. Austin Police Chief retires. Death Star bill. Hays CISD Dismissals. National Weather Service. Pet Fire Safety. Austin FC. 

KUT Morning Newscast for June 13, 2023

Central Texas top stories for June 13, 2023. Cedar Park shooting update. Travis County Commissioners pride flag raising. Austin Police training changes. Eanes ISD police department. Donating blood with puppies. UT Baseball.

KUT Afternoon Newscast for March 3, 2023

Central Texas top stories for March 3, 2023. AISD to host town halls ahead of superintendent search. Pease Elementary could become an early childhood center. Austin Police officers will get a pay increase. Pflugerville closes debris drop-off site. Texas men’s and women’s basketball close out the regular season. Austin FC looks to bounce back from season opening defeat.

KUT Morning Newscast for September 16, 2022

Central Texas top stories for September 16, 2022. APD license plate readers. Parkland dedication fee increase. Austin Police Oversight Act. Leander water restrictions. AISD affordable housing. Sticky “honeydew” secreted by aphids. Mexican American Cultural Center’s Diez y Seis de Septiembre celebration.

KUT Afternoon Newscast for September 02, 2022

Central Texas top stories for September 02, 2022. Indicted police officer. Austin ISD disciplinary actions. Social studies standards. Austin-Bergstrom labor day. Longhorns football. Austin FC. Longhorns volleyball.

KUT Morning Newscast for August 11, 2022

Central Texas top stories for August 11, 2022. DPS records related to Uvalde mass shooting public. A possible ballot measure seeks to increase police oversight in Austin. Free school meals will be different this upcoming school year. Student loan forgiveness impact on Texas borrowers. UT Austin is leading a partnership for semiconductor development. Meals on Wheels Central Texas launches the “Beat the Heat” program.

KUT Morning Newscast for August 2, 2022

Central Texas top stories for August 2, 2022. Austin Community College board of trustees approves new compensation package for employees. Austin’s Public Safety Commission reviews police staffing. Swimming is suspended at Blue Hole in Wimberley. The San Marcos City Council is hosting a discussion about putting the decriminalization of marijuana on the ballot in November.

Texas Standard: May 11, 2022

What happened to more than a billion dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funds for Texas? Officials want to know whether the money was misspent. Were COVID-19 relief funds used to defray the costs of the governor’s border crackdown? That story plus, how nominally non-partisan school board elections in Texas became a magnet for big money donations, and what that could mean for what’s taught in public school classrooms. Also higher ed in Texas prisons: a new report outlines big gender disparities in opportunity. And the work of the code inspector, and why it often isn’t working to help many apartment renters. Plus a Politifact check on SB8 and much more today on the Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: February 10, 2022

A government investigation into the death of a migrant teenager in 2019 puts blame on the Border Patrol–what happens next? Also, some 18 Austin police officers could face charges involving the use of so-called less lethal munitions during protests in the summer of 2020. Plus, the future of the post office. These stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: March 29, 2021

As the trial for the murder of George Floyd gets underway, debate heats up on a Texas bill to punish cities that cut police funding. We’ll have the latest. Other stories we’re covering: a bill to prohibit public school athletes in Texas from participating on sports teams that don’t align with an athlete’s biological birth sex. And new numbers from the winter storm and subsequent power outages in Texas suggest the event was deadlier than Hurricane Harvey. Also, supermarket wars coming to North Texas? And remembering a literary giant. How Larry McMurtry challenged Texas mythology, and changed the way many view the Lone Star State. Those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: September 8, 2020

The governor’s plan for a DPS takeover of Austin Police, how would that work exactly? The politics of policing, it’s not just Austin in the spotlight: the Dallas police Chief facing calls for her removal after protests this summer over police brutality, we’ll have the latest. And back to school day for many statewide, many first time teachers and students eager to go bilingual. And the border wall on a pre-election day fast track, and fighting the scourge of mosquitoes with more mosquitoes? Those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: April 8, 2020

If you’re a nonessential worker and you’re out for a drive, what happens if you get pulled over? The realities of police work during a pandemic. Today, our conversation with the chief of police of the Texas Capitol City on enforcement of stay at home orders, and how police are dialing back some of what they do to keep officers safe.. Also state parks and historic sites now shuttered. We’ll hear from the head of Texas Parks and Wildlife. Plus the boom in urban bear hunts: teddy bears that is. Some practical tips for first time hunters and more today on the Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: June 27, 2018

A court order: the government has 30 days to reunite families separated at the border…and it appears some big changes are already happening, we’ll have the latest. Also, a surprise upset win by a socialist candidate over a high ranking congressman in New York’s primaries last night is reverberating across the country. What about right here in our own back yard? Ed Espinosa of Progress Texas on the future of Texas Democrats. Also, we’re number 2? Not for long. What’s happening in west Texas right now is set to make the U.S. the top oil producer in the world, perhaps sooner than anyone thinks. And getting kids to engage in art by harnessing their brainwaves…just another day at summer camp? Those stories and more today on the Texas Standard: